Gibraltar is one of the most unique and interesting destinations in the Mediterranean.
It’s a British Overseas Territory, which means it is under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom but is not technically a part of it. Gibraltar is only 6.8km2 in size and, with a population of about 30000 people, has the 5-th highest density of any country or territory in the world. The official language of Gibraltar is English but many people also speak Spanish and Llanito – the local language – which is a mix of Mediterranean words.
The official currency of Gibraltar is the pound and you can spend notes and coins from the UK in the territory – but you can’t use the locally-produced notes or coins back in the UK.
So it’s really worth to visit. Here you’ll find more than 150 caves just on the main islands. And it’s obligated to visit St. Michael’s Cave which was first recorded in AD 45, the cave has many legends associated with it, including one suggesting the island is secretly connected to Africa via a 24-kilometer-long tunnel.
Also you’ll find there a lot of things for sightseeing, like The Moorish Castle, the mosque at Europa Point, etc. For nature lovers, Gibraltar has a wide range of flora and fauna and is home to over 500 different plant species. The rock is also famous for the Barbary Macaque monkeys, which are the only wild monkeys to be found in Europe. Be careful, they are always ready to steal your food.
Keep in mind that Gibraltar – it is quite expensive, and property for rent here will cost quite a lot, but you can rent an apartment somewhere in Mijas or Marbella, for example – both have beautiful beaches, delicious food and lots of places nearby to visit, and then just make a day trip to Gibraltar.
More information: http://www.visitgibraltar.gi
How to get: You have to take the Portillo Bus from Malaga Bus Station to La Línea, and then walk 10 minutes to the Gibraltar limit. (tickets online www.avanzabus.com) Be sure to book a DIRECT bus. Otherwise, it’ll be stopping in many places.
Once you come out of La Linea bus station, take a left turn, after few minutes you will reach the main road that is leading to Gibraltar, it is the big rock in front of you.
By car: The 130km drive from Gibraltar to Malaga takes about one-and-a-half hours, traveling mainly on the A-7. Note that the A-7 is a toll road.